Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder') in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Blue-violet
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading faded flower spikes ensures more flowering throughout the season
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Sep 15, 2015 9:29 AM

Mealy Cup Sage, Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder' is native to Texas and Mexico.

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Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Apr 28, 2017 6:49 PM

I started this plant from seed a few years ago and it's reliable and tough. It's in clay soil that hasn't been amended in a couple of years, yet it always blooms and thrives. I've been had it bloom in December. It's very drought tolerant and the butterflies and bees love the blooms, plus the blue blooms really stand out. This year it grew over 3 ft. tall which is the largest it's ever grown but we also had a fairly mild winter too.

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